Butterscotch (performer)

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Butterscotch at Montreux Jazz Festival.jpg
Performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival
Background information
Birth name Antoinette Clinton
Also known as Butterscotch
Born (1985-09-29) September 29, 1985 (age 32)
Sacramento, California, United States
Origin Davis, California, U.S.
Genres R&B, hip hop, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, Piano, saxophone, flute, guitar, bass guitar
Years active 2003–present
Labels unsigned

Antoinette Clinton (born September 29, 1985), known by her stage name Butterscotch, is an American beatboxer/singer/pianist.

Early career[edit]

Butterscotch said her mother got her started on piano at an early age. "My mom was a piano teacher, so me and my siblings all played the piano and at least one other instrument. "My siblings played the trumpet, cello, trombone, clarinet; I had access to all these instruments." As Butterscotch grew older, she was exposed to beat boxing by her high school friends, and said she was inspired to learn the skill. Stage name Butterscotch originated from a song Antoinette wrote about candy in high school. She attended the Natomas Charter School's Performing and Fine Arts Academy in Sacramento, California, where she focused on music. Clinton majored in music (classical piano) at California State University, Sacramento.[1] Butterscotch's mom had to postpone her education at Sac State because her music career was taking over. In addition to the piano, she also plays saxophone, flute, guitar. She won the first World Hip Hop Beatbox Women's Championship in 2005 and won the West Coast Champion title in 2007 beating 18 men.[2] Butterscotch has toured extensively with the Mike Patton-fronted band Peeping Tom, beatboxing in place of Rahzel. She was also a beatbox mentor on MTV's "Made".

America's Got Talent[edit]


She gained national exposure in 2007 when she appeared on the second season of America's Got Talent. She both sang and beatboxed, as well as a combination of the two while playing the piano, for her performances. The judges passed Butterscotch through several episodes and she was voted back by the viewers several times. She was in the final four (the last stage of the competition before the winner is announced), before being voted out by the viewers on the show which aired August 20, 2007.


Week Theme Song choice Original artist Result
Audition Chicago "Love to Love You Baby" Donna Summer Advanced
Vegas Verdicts N/A N/A N/A Advanced
Top 20
Group 1
N/A "Summertime" Abbie Mitchell Advanced
Top 10 N/A "It's Your Thing" The Isley Brothers Advanced
Top 8 Heroes "My Funny Valentine" Mitzi Green Advanced
Top 4 Judges' Choice
Contestant's Choice
"What's Going On"
"Dance to the Music"
Marvin Gaye
Sly & the Family Stone
Finale Duets "Beautiful Girls" Sean Kingston 3rd Place


External links[edit]

Official site http://www.butterscotchmusic.com